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Compiled by Gina Smith

Barnette Elementary

Dining fundraiser: A fundraiser will be held 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Chipotle, 8830 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. Diners who tell the cashier they are supporting Barnette Elementary will have 50 percent of the cost of their meal donated to the school. Details: http://barnettepta.weebly.com/.

Cornelius Elementary

Cougar Dash proceeds: The inaugural Cougar Dash fundraising effort raised $24,500 for the school with 46 percent of students and their families participated this year. Donations are still be accepted in an effort to reach the goal of $68,000. Details: www.corneliusPTO.org

Science Fair partnerships: The school is seeking local businesses and organizations to host informational booths at its annual Science Fair on Jan. 13. Booths should showcase in a kid-friendly way how science, technology, engineering, art, design and math are used in the day-to-day functioning of the company or group. Details: Molly East at mollye.east@cms.k12.nc.us, Ashley Hanks at ashley.hanks@cms.k12.nc.us

Bailey Middle

Bake sale fundraiser: The Bailey Middle School PTO will participate in the annual Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake Sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. Proceeds directly support research to cure pediatric cancer. For details about Cookies for Kids Cancer, visit www.charlottegoodcookies.org. For details about Bailey’s participation, visit www.bmsptsa.cmswiki.wikispaces.net.

Hough High

Graduation dates: Mid-year graduation for Hough High will take place at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. The end-of-the-year graduation will be held 4 p.m. June 15 at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. Mandatory rehearsals will be held before each graduation. Dates for rehearsals are yet to be announced.

FAFSA Workshop: A representative from the College Foundation of North Carolina will offer a workshop 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8 to juniors and seniors on different types of financial aid and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the café.

Community School of Davidson

Play festival honors: The Theater Department at Community School of Davidson High School brought home honors from the 2014 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival, held Nov. 7-8 at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. The eight-member cast and crew, led by Melissa Ohlman-Roberge, earned a rating of Superior and received an award for Excellence in Dramaturgy for their presentation of “And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson.” The NCTC High School Play Festival is the largest high school theater event in the Southeast, with more than 3,000 students from 91 schools performing 128 plays this year.

Lake Norman Charter

Play festival honors: The Theater Department at Lake Norman Charter received several awards at the 2014 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival, held Nov. 7-8 at West Iredell High School in Statesville. The students, led by Cody Willets, presented “Speed Date” by Janet Allard and “Confession: Kafka in High School” by Bobby Keinsten for the competition and won the following awards: “Speed Date” – rating of Excellent, Excellence in Stylish Scenic Set-Up; “Confession: Kafka In High School” – rating of Superior, Excellence in Production Design, Excellence in Acting – Tyler Hughes, Excellence in Directing – Cody Willets. Student Cameron Latten also received the Barbizon Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production for set design and construction as well as a scholarship to attend NCTC College Discovery Day. The NCTC High School Play Festival is the largest high school theater event in the Southeast, with more than 3,000 students from 91 schools performing 128 plays this year.

Application lottery: Lake Norman Charter’s online application process for families applying for the 2015-16 school year began on Nov. 1. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31 to be included in the lottery, which will be held on Feb. 19, 2015. Tours of the middle school are offered at 8:15 a.m. and tours of the high school are offered 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Jan. 29. Registration is required. Applications and registration for tours are available at www.lncharter.org. Details: 704-948-8600, select 1 for the middle school and 2 for the high school. Lake Norman Charter is a public charter school for students in grades 5-12. As a public school, students do not pay a fee to attend and enrollment is open to all North Carolina students.

College choices: Lake Norman Charter seniors, from left, Griffin StechmillerSteven Farkas, John Creel, Zack Queen and Jessica Kane recently signed contracts to play their sport at the college level. The students signed to the following colleges: Stechmiller, lacrosse at Queens University; Farkas, baseball at Longwood College; Creel, baseball at the University of Mississippi, Queen, baseball at Catawba College; Kane, lacrosse at Lenoir-Ryne University.

SouthLake Christian Academy

Lego Lab: SouthLake Christian Academy uses Legos as a hands-on, kinesthetic form of learning for students in junior kindergarten through second grade. A donation from a family recently enabled the elementary school to open a fully stocked classroom – or Lego Lab – dedicated to teaching younger students about shapes, numbers, counting, similarities, differences and patterning. The Lego Lab is the first step in SouthLake Christian’s efforts to offer kinesthetic learning and STEM education to its students.

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